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What is the Difference between Commercial Art and Fine Art?

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Andy Warhol's Big Campbell's Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) at Christie's

Andy Warhol's Big Campbell's Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) at Christie's auction house on October 11, 2010 in London, England.

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Question: What is the Difference between Commercial Art and Fine Art?

Answer: Commercial art’s purpose is to sell products, while fine art’s purpose is to be an aesthetic object. However, Pop Art subverted and merged those diverse aims.

Commercial art includes graphic design and book illustration, while fine art includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation, sound art, and performance.

Philosopher Arthur Danto described the difference why Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes is art and the supermarket's Brillo Boxes is not, even though the two boxes look identical.

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